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HoN Buying Guide for SoN Players
HoN Buying Guide for SoN Players Posted on [31/12/2018] à 15:15

GDuprez wrote a nice Heroes of Normandie buying guide for Shadows over Normandie players and suggested me to translate it to English. Here you go!



I’ve been asked: ‘What to buy from the Heroes of Normandie product line to complete my Shadows over Normandie collection?’. This post is mainly aimed at those who already have the complete Shadows over Normandie line and who’d like to dig a bit deeper. I assume you already own the LEVEL UP expansion.


In order to satisfy the most committed fans, I voluntarily chose a wide selection of products (rather than a large one). If you want to prioritise, start with the products which are required for some SoN expansions.


Let’s start with mandatory HoN products to play (future) Shadows over Normandie expansions.




Cthulhu Mythos Call#3 (CMC#3, the Print & Play expansion with FFI and Black Sun units)

This product could join the official line of products in 2019. I’m actually finalising a three-scenario mini-campaign for this expansion. To play this campaign you’ll need:


• The Sainte-Mère-Église Scenario Pack. As a matter of fact, Shadows over Normandie is really missing Terrain Tiles with villages. I’ve chosen one of the three Scenario Packs of the HoN line to let you build town maps. Sainte-Mère-Église, with its church, seemed the best choice. Moreover, I already wrote a scenario for Shadows over Normandie using the US airborne. Further on you’ll see that more will follow.


• The single punchboard expansion SS-PANZERGRENADIERE. In the Cthulhu Mythos #3 expansion Heinrich Von Kamptz joins the ranks of the Black Sun with a new recruitment tile and some cool options. A new Character Trait and Order Option convert regular German units into Black Sun devotees. Let me remind you that Von Kamptz and the SS Panzergrenadiere share the same (black & white) coloured stripes as the Black Sun troops of the SoN core box. Time to mix and match!



NYARLATHOTEP’S AWAKENING

(No Longer in Development)



Let’s now get to other useful products.

I recommend the 1ST SS PANZER DIVISION expansion. Thanks to conversion options available in CMC#3, you can now recruit even more German SS troops for the Black Sun faction. You’ll get a large diversity of available troops and cool heroes to enlist, especially if you already own the previously mentioned Panzergrenadiere expansion too.


For the Majestic faction you have two options. Complete the Rangers with the POINTE DU HOC expansion. The terrain tiles, the fire rules, the lighthouse and its guardian obviously find their place in SoN. Here again, this is practically a product of the SoN range. 😉

Modestly, the US RANGERS punchboard is a nice supplement, adding some more Ranger troopers.


If you prefer using Paratroopers over Rangers, especially if you followed my advice about the Sainte-Mère Eglise scenario pack, please complete your collection with the heroes PRIVATE BRYAN and obviously Clem, from the US AIRBORNE blister pack.


Personally, I like having a lot of variety when creating my battlefields: terrain clearly is an important factor when you’re telling a story. :mrgreen:

Radar Station and Factory

HoN Core Box Terrain Tiles. These are the terrain tiles of the Heroes of Normandie core box.

Fortified Farm



3 other recommended products are currently out of stock… but maybe not forever. 😉

• Battleground Set #2 – Harbor & Hills: for building excellent maps for the Deep Ones faction.

• Battleground Set #3 – Roads & Rails: this product, just like The Ventura expansion, seems easier to use in SoN than in HoN.

• Lord Lovat’s Commandos are a perfect starting force to expand the Section M faction.



Finally, if you would like to go even further…

DEVIL PIG NEWS #8

DEVIL PIG NEWS #7

KELLY’S HEROES

DEVIL PIG NEWS #4

DEVIL PIG NEWS #3

New US & GE Units


I can’t guarantee not using these in official scenario’s, but I find these special units can get a spot in the SoN storyline.


☠☠☠ Heroes of Belgium ☠☠☠

HoN Buying Guide for SoN Players Posted on [24/07/2022] à 22:15

SoN's fan base is dedicated but small. For the moment DPG needs to focus on the core, non-mythos WW2 product lines.


It is not all bad news.


War Stories #2 (Colombelles Castle) which was just KS (as of this writing) might be of interest to SoN players once it is available (2023), as it is a huge mansion that could fit well in an investigative scenario. You will want to pick up the HoS reference for Multi-part buildings to fully utilize it (LINK), since the core SoN rules do not cover large buildings like that.


They will be producing some Pulp Stories mini-expansions which bring supernatural elements into the HoWW2 lines, the first of which is Pumpkins. Unfortunately, that will not be arriving until the Caen Kickstarter fulfills, sometime in 2023.


There is more bad news, unfortunately.


The Battlegrounds sets are now Out Of Print, so if there is no more stock there are not a lot of options… However, next year HoS will be getting a reprint, so there is a chance that Battleground Set 5 (The Sewers) might make a re-appearance thanks to Rattenkrieg. The Sewer rules are available for download [LINK]


The Fortified Farm and other single-board expansions (US Rangers, SS-Panzergrenadiere, Level-Up) are also Out of Print.


NYARLATHOTEP’S AWAKENING is (as far as I am aware) no longer in development.


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